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American Persimmon Seedling

American Persimmon Seedling

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Species: Diospyros virginiana

History: Native to the southeastern and central areas of the United States, American Persimmon has had a long history of cultivation. The word 'persimmon' is an Anglicized version of the words 'putchamin,' 'pasiminan,' or 'pessamin,' which all mean 'dried fruit' in various Algonquin dialects, reflecting the fruits usage. It is also common in southern states to trick the unwary into eating the unripe fruit which has an incredibly astringent flavour. Other historical uses for the American Persimmon include turning the seeds into buttons during the American Civil War and using the wood to make items such as pool cues and golf clubs.

Why We Grow It: This unique fruit tree produces a succulently sweet orange fruit that must be extremely ripe before you can eat it. Although it ripens in the summer, the fruit can withstand freezing and hang onto the tree until December. The fruit can be used to make a variety of sweet and savoury dishes and are also very popular among wildlife. 

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 4-5, grows in zone 4 but fruit generally only ripens in zone 5

Soil Preference: Deep an well-drained loam

Growth Habits and Disease Resistance: Depending on soil conditions the tree may reach 15-100ft tall

Sun/Shade: Partial to full sun (approx. 6-10 hours of sun daily)

Pollination: A male and female plant is required for pollination

Flowering Time: May/June

Bloom Colour: Yellow

Ripens: July/August

Storage: Keeps for up to two months if refrigerated when unripe but only a couple days when ripe

Recommended Use: Fresh eating, cooking, baking, juice

Height above soil line: 

  • 15-30cm
  • 30cm+
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